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adjective natural pronunciation in British English /ˈnætʃ(ə)rəl/
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  1. 1
    existing in nature and not produced or caused by people
    This cloth is made from natural fibres.
    areas of great natural beauty
    completely/totally natural: All the ingredients we use are completely natural.
    natural causes: Mr Johnson died from natural causes (=not as a result of an accident or crime).
  2. 2
    reasonable or expected in a particular situation
    His anger was an entirely natural reaction.
    It’s only natural to worry about your child’s diet.
  3. 3
    [only before noun] existing in someone from an early age
    Angela’s a natural leader.
    natural talent/ability: The best players have natural talent.
    natural instinct: Her natural instinct was to defend herself.
  4. 4
    relaxed rather than uncomfortable
    She appeared relaxed and natural in her first recital.
    1. a.
      honest rather than false
      Greg has natural warmth and concern for people.

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